Addiction Counseling - M.S.

The Addiction Counseling Master of Science degree program at Johnson & Wales University is designed to prepare graduates to serve the community as addiction counselors after 18 months of full-time study. The primary goal of the program is to prepare master's-level clinicians with the counseling skills that integrate theoretical foundations of professional counseling into positive client interaction and intervention skills. The program emphasizes the development of attitudes, knowledge and skills essential in the formation of professional counselors who are committed to the ethical provision of quality services. In addition to the coursework required, students experience practicum and internship experiences under supervision of clinical professionals. Students who are preparing to specialize as addiction counselors are expected to possess the knowledge and skills necessary to address a wide range of issues in the context of addiction counseling, treatment and prevention programs, as well as in a broader mental-health counseling context.

Upon completion of this program, graduates are expected to:

  • Demonstrate professional proficiency and exhibit familiarity with professional orientation and ethical practices as advocated by the American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics.
  • Illustrate the importance of multicultural issues in the counseling profession when working with diverse clients.
  • Provide illustrations of human growth and developmental theories framed in the principles of assessment and appraisal.
  • Demonstrate planning and implementation of career development practices and theoretical perspectives.
  • Show command of counseling theories and how to conceptualize cases from a wellness perspective.  
  • Exhibit knowledge of group dynamics, group leadership, group development and the ability to apply these concepts in a variety of group types.
  • Implement basic and advanced assessment techniques in the framework of helping relationships.  
  • Demonstrate the role of research in advancing the counseling profession.
  • Articulate and demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to identify and treat behaviors and situations and apply counseling theories, models and approaches to individuals and groups who face addiction.

Addiction Counseling

Master of Science 

Core Courses
CSLG5060Counseling Theories3
CSLG5100Advanced Career Counseling3
CSLG5150Counseling Across the Lifespan3
CSLG5170Multicultural Counseling: Theories and Techniques3
CSLG5250Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice (Practicum 1)3
CSLG5300Individual Counseling Theories and Techniques I (Practicum 2)3
CSLG5350Health and Wellness Counseling3
CSLG5400Psychopathology and Treatment Planning3
CSLG5450Testing and Assessment in Counseling3
CSLG5500Advanced Group Counseling Theories and Techniques with Lab3
CSLG5899Counseling Practicum3
CSLG6100Advanced Co-Occurring Disorders and Addictions Counseling3
CSLG6150Individual Counseling Theories and Techniques II (Practicum 3)3
CSLG6200Counseling the Chemically Dependent and Their Families3
CSLG6888Counseling Internship I6
CSLG6899Counseling Internship II6
PSYC5200Advanced Neuroscience and Psychopharmacology3
RSCH6100Research and Theories in Addiction Counseling3
Total Credits60.0

Students who do not complete the 600-hour internship in the prescribed two semesters will schedule for CSLG6980 Clinical Supervision Advising - Post Internship. This continuation requires a Clinical Supervision Advisement Fee each fall, spring and summer semester until the 600 hours have been accumulated.